Moving water delights wildlife

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Moving water attracts more animals than still water. For that matter, don’t we also enjoy the sounds of moving water — a gurgling brook, water trickling in a fountain or a waterfall?  You can make water move in several ways.

(© MayBayButter / iStock)

(© MayBayButter / iStock)

Fountain
Elaborate or plain, either way, animals find “noisy” water to their liking. The one on the left has both a bubbler and cascading water.
(Paul Maybury / Flickr; CC)

(Paul Maybury / Flickr; CC)

Bubbler
Bubblers are music to the ear. Some are built into real or artificial stones, boulders or fountains, with the water bubbling out the top. Small bubblers are available as a small fixture to set in the center of a birdbath.
(Allied Precision Water Wiggler)

(Allied Precision Water Wiggler)

Water wiggler
Create continuous, gentle ripples by setting one of these in the center of a birdbath.
(Judi Cox / Flickr; cc by-nd 2.0 )

(Judi Cox / Flickr; cc by-nd 2.0 )

Dripper
The sound of drops striking waters’ surface attracts animals. Many manufactured styles are available, but it can be as simple as an old milk jug with a small hole. Position it above a birdbath to catch the droplets.
(Birds Choice Leaf Mister)

(Birds Choice Leaf Mister)

Mister
Delivers a fine mist, preferred by some birds that don’t like stepping into water. Aim it toward foliage, some birds like to “bathe” in wet leaves. Position it above a birdbath to catch falling droplets.

*Top photo: Starlings enjoying a bubbling fountain (NatGLN / Wiki; cc by 2.0)

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